There is a power which vibrates beneath all things in this world. It is always present, just out of sight, but it can always be felt. We are all subject to it, even those who don’t believe it exists.
This power is a universal law, like gravity. It was never invented, it just is. It is part of the firmament, woven into the ether. It is one with nature.
It is the power of a lion chasing down a gazelle. Scything its teeth into the neck, thirsting for the taste of blood, becoming ever more awake and alive through the ecstasy of embodying death. Devouring with abandon. Then resting peacefully in the sun.
This power is not just part of nature. It is our nature itself. It is the quality of embodying the human animal that we all are. It is the power that comes from tapping into what humans call greed, selfishness, lust… but in animals is the sole domain of the winner.
Much of our emotional turmoil in life is caused by fighting this power. Swimming against the current, rather than with it.
In order to live in harmony with it, we must first become aware of it. We have to identify it and be able to feel and see the true path. Once we have done that, we can begin to attune ourselves to this new frequency, and tap into our most primal energy.
For some, this power is the ultimate answer. Once they have found it, they cannot imagine relinquishing it. It can become an obsession, a distortion. Like any force, if taken to the extreme it can be deadly. These people covet it, lose themselves in it, and eventually drown inside it.
There is no permanent joy in the exertion of this power, nor everlasting peace. This power is volatile. It will create great peaks and valleys. Some are content to ride this wave until the day of their death.
For others, it is too dissonant from other parts of their being that give them joy, such as sharing with and caring for others, allowing themselves to be emotionally vulnerable through personal expression, and the desire to love without putting up a wall because they are afraid of being hurt. This robs many of true, unfettered freedom and presence to become fully happy. To completely let go.
The answer lies in balance. The “middle way.” This is not the cowardly compromise of a “purple pill” that tries to dilute truths to make them more palatable. This is the understanding and incorporation of truths, reality, and power in whatever way they serve us, and simultaneously, not being ruled by them. Not trying to form our core identity around them.
The truth is that we are a little bit different than the rest of the animal kingdom. And too often we get excited by the selfish aspects of human nature once we discover them, and neglect the communal, tribal, and selfless aspects which are equally inborn.
Without the freedom to stay present and experience our lives as ourselves, we can never have joy. The laws of power are irrefutable, but that does not mean that learning them, or even mastering them, makes them our master. We humans have a great capacity for transcending our basic animality. Just as we are opportunistic maters, we are opportunistic lovers, sharers, builders, and friends.
What we have forgotten today, is that the opportunity to share, build, and love still surrounds us. We have narrowed our view of what is opportune, and bought in again and again to the cultural forces that would have us de-evolve ourselves back into apes. Or rats in a maze.
So the highest level of our personal growth is not just the mastering of power, but the courage to balance it. To know how we can gain selfishly for ourselves, and to nonetheless consciously sacrifice for an even greater good.
Only in this realm can true, transcendent power be found.